Christmas is certainly not the time to count calories or go for low-fat recipes, but if you’re already on a diet and are concerned about overindulging, we have some healthier and easy-to-prepare options that you can consider for the Christmas Dinner.
With these healthy yet scrumptious recipes for Christmas and New Year, you will never have to worry about weight gain through empty sugars and refined flour.
1. Strawberry Panna Cotta
Most of us love Panna Cotta, and when you add strawberries to the recipe, it can bring the Christmas magic to your Dinner Table.
2. Chocolate Chip Stuffed Raspberries
There are hardly any people who can resist raspberries and if you want to bring something fresh to your Christmas Dinner Table, here’s your best bet.
You will need:
Simply place a chocolate chip in fresh raspberries
To ensure that the chocolate chips do not fall out from the raspberries, insert from the pointy end of the chip.
3. Edible Fruit Tree
What better way than a Fruit Tree to munch on your favourite exotic fruits and add that fruity pop to the otherwise calorie-loaded Christmas Eve dinner table.
You will need:
Styrofoam cone – 1
Assorted Fruits (like strawberries, kiwis, black and green grapes, melon, etc.)
Using cookie cutters, cut out various shapes from melon slices.
Attach toothpicks to the Styrofoam cone (arranged on a platter) and carefully attach a fruit to the other end of the toothpick.
Continue building this fruit tree as scarce or dense as you like.
Use cilantro leaves and garnish them like grass, to make your fruit tree look more attractive.
PS: If you do not have Styrofoam cone, you can still consider making this fruit tree by attaching a carrot (as the cone) to half apple.
4. Santa Strawberries
Everyone loves Santa, especially kids. So, if you have children at home or are expecting them for the Christmas Dinner, do consider making these easy-peasy Strawberry Santas that are too adorable to resist.
Carefully slice the leafy side of the strawberries as flat as possible (as this will be used as the base)
Now, cut the top third of the berry (another side) which will be used as ‘Santa’s hat’.
In a mixing bowl, beat well the cream cheese (preferably at room temperature) and powdered sugar along with vanilla extract.
To make our ‘Santa’s face’, use a piping bag or a zip bag to pipe enough quantity (1/2 to ¾ inch) of the cream cheese on each of the strawberry bases and top them with the hats.
In case you do not have a piping bag, you can also spoon a generous dollop of the cream cheese.
Squeeze out a small quantity of the cheese on top of the hats.
Arrange the Choco chips as the two eyes of the Santa.
PS: Before beating the cream cheese, ensure that it is soft. Also, for a healthier version, you can replace powdered sugar with four tbsp. honey.